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SCCON Newsblog

Latest news, stories and trends around the topics of the SCCON World.

Get insights and news about the diversity of digitization, its impact on our society and the people behind it. Compiled by the SCCON team and our partners, you can expect inspiring stories and innovative perspectives on the tech and public sector landscape. You'll also be among the first to hear news about the Smart Country Convention next edition.

We apologize for not being able to present all of our news in English. Please find a selection of the most important news below. To see all news, please visit our German website.

A large crowd in front of the illuminated Plaza Stage of the Smart Country Convention 2023.

2024/05/22

#SCCON24: Federal Ministry of the Interior and for Home Affairs takes over patronage

The BMI is taking over the patronage of the Smart Country Convention for the seventh time. Numerous national and international top speakers will be on stage.

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Church towers in the old town of Zurich

2024/05/08

Strategy initiative: How Switzerland is going digital

At the beginning of the year, the Federal Council set the course for the digitalization of Switzerland. Three digital strategies came into force on 1 January 2024.

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Graphic representation of Hamburg

2024/05/02

Bitkom State Index 2024 - Focus on governance and administration

How digital are Germany's federal states? The new Bitkom State Index provides the answers. Hamburg is ahead in the governance and digital administration category - closely followed by Bavaria.

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Graphic representation of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

2024/04/29

Bitkom State Index 2024 - Focus on society

What is the state of digital participation in Germany? The Bitkom State Index has also taken a look at this. Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Saarland and Saxony are in the lead.

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Graphic representation of Berlin

2024/04/25

Bitkom State Index 2024 - Focus on the digital economy

The Bitkom State Index 2024 compares the digitalization status of the 16 German states. In the digital economy category, the city states stand out in particular, with Berlin at the top.

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Atrium stage at the Smart Country Convention 2023, audience in the foreground from behind

2024/04/24

Open stage for innovative minds: Call for Speakers until 24 May 2024

Forward-looking solutions wanted - registration for the Call for Speakers 2024 ends in four weeks. We are giving outstanding projects for the digitalisation of cities and administration a platform.

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Graphic representation of Hamburg

2024/04/22

Bitkom Country Index 2024 - Focus on infrastructure

How digital are the German federal states? The new state index from the digital association Bitkom provides the answers. Hamburg is also the overall winner in terms of infrastructure.

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Graphic of the Bitkom country index

2024/04/17

Bitkom State Index: Hamburg in the lead ahead of Berlin and Bavaria

Where do the German federal states stand in terms of digitalization? Bitkom has investigated this with the new state index in the categories of economy, infrastructure, administration and society.

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2024/03/11

Bad Belzig on the way to becoming a smart city

A smart city doesn't have to be a big city - as Bad Belzig in Brandenburg proves. Together with its neighboring municipality, it has set out to become a smart city.

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City view of Ulm, in the foreground a meadow with flowers

2024/03/04

Ulm on the way to becoming a smart city

Ulm made it into the top 10 of the Bitkom Smart City Index for the first time in 2023. The city has developed its own smart city strategy, and now the next two years are all about implementation

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In the foreground, a hand holding an ID card. In the background a citizen terminal for the BundID.

2024/02/28

OZG agreement sets the course for BundID 2.0

After a long struggle, the coalition has reached a compromise on the OZG Amendment Act. Bitkom expert Marc Danneberg explains what this means for BundID in an interview.

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Brad Smith, Microsoft Vice Chair & President on stage at the Smart Country Convention

2024/02/26

Microsoft investment: 3.3 billion euros for AI

From SCCON to realisation: software giant Microsoft is planning to invest 3.3 billion euros in Germany by 2025 to expand its applications in the field of artificial intelligence (AI).

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Young woman with headphones at the microphone

2024/02/21

The Bureaucracy Relief Act put to the test

The Bureaucracy Reduction Act is intended to reduce the burden on business, society and administration by around 682 million euros a year. An initial assessment by Bitkom expert Esther Steverding.

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Man on stage at the Smart Country Convention with speaker cards in hand

2024/02/14

From pilot projects to implementation

The digitisation commissioners of the federal states and the federal government have discussed the implementation of the Online Access Act. Bitkom says we need more cooperation and centralisation.

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Graphic of the 'Digital Policy Monitor'

2024/01/05

"2024 must become the year of digitalization"

Bitkom has published the new "Digital Policy Monitor". The result: only 60 of the government's 334 digital policy plans have been implemented.

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Trade fair stand in the background, Schwarz Digits employees in the foreground

2024/01/02

Digital sovereignty as an export hit made in Germany

Until a few months ago, the Schwarz Group was primarily known as the head of Lidl and Kaufland. In summer 2023, "Schwarz Digits" was launched as a new division for IT and digital products.

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Woman giving a presentation with diagrams, audience in the foreground

2023/11/06

Expo highlight Microsoft: AI co-pilot for administration

Artificial intelligence (AI) is increasingly becoming part of our lives and is also changing the way we work.

On the left a plate with vegetables, on the right in front a tray, in the background sauces and spices

2023/11/03

Expo highlight Deutsche Telekom: The Public Innovation Lab and the 'LowCode Kitchen'

The implementation of the Online Access Act (OZG) is and remains a challenge. The aim is to create consistent and seamless processing of transactions from the front end to the back end.

Typing hands on a laptop with a graphic of edited text documents above

2023/11/03

Expo highlight Fabasoft: Holistic digital approach for public administration

Relieve employees, increase service quality and make public authorities fit for the future: The Fabasoft eGOV ecosystem is perfectly customised to the needs of public administration.

Graphic of the AKDB

2023/11/02

Expo highlight AKDB: One for all

Since its foundation in 1971, AKDB has been developing a complete range of solutions for the digitization of public administration. Now it is presenting itself for the first time with its own program

Justitia with a German and a European scale. Above the logo of Trend Micro

2023/11/01

Expo Highlight Trend Micro: NIS2 - More Cybersecurity for Europe

The NIS2 guideline aims to strengthen cybersecurity capabilities within the EU and promote international cooperation to combat cyberattacks.

A man in a suit, holding a smartphone with a visible lock screen

2023/10/31

Expo highlight Samsung: Secure data processing with Samsung Knox Native

Samsung will present Knox Native, a hardware-based security solution developed with the BSI for the encryption and storage of digital identities and data, at SCCON23.

A man from behind with a laptop on his lap, in the background a big city

2023/10/31

Expo-Highlight Controlware: Digital Transformation with Security

There is no question that the public sector is gradually being digitalized and that this digitalization must above all be secure. When it comes to implementation, things get more difficult.

View of hub27, in the foreground you can see the Expo area including exhibitors and visitors. In the background the Plaza Stage

2023/10/31

Everything you need for your visit to SCCON

Three days of information, innovation and networking at the Smart Country Convention 2023. Important info and tips for your visit to #SCCON23 from November 7 to 9 can be found here.

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Visitors at the Smart Country Convention 2022, on the right and left exhibition stands.

2023/10/30

Expo highlight Accenture: Efficient relief through AI

How artificial intelligence supports public authorities and makes citizen services available at all times

'Smart City Berlin' written in white letters on blue background

2023/10/30

Expo-Highlight Berlin Partner: Together Digital to becoming a Smart City

Berlin connects urban development and digitalization. At the Berlin stand, visitors can find out how this works and which pilot projects are already underway.

A woman from behind at a railing, in the background a city view with skyscrapers.

2023/10/30

Expo Highlight Zenner: Sustainable Smart Cities - What does it look like in practice?

The energy and mobility transition, climate neutrality and the issue of energy conservation require the digitalization of all areas of life in cities and municipalities.

Michael Pfefferle, Head of Smart City & Mobility at Bitkom on the SCCON stage.

2023/10/27

"Broadening the scope of smart city promotion"

"Model projects," "lighthouses," "real labs" - these are terms that often come up in connection with smart city funding programs for municipal pilot projects.

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Left, a man in profile wearing AR glasses; right, the counter of a supermarket.

2023/10/27

Expo highlight Lenovo: Barcelona as a role model - Ideas for the Smart City in Germany

Developing a smart city requires more than just integrating technology. Barcelona is considered a showcase for the smart city of the future.

Picture of the SCCON 2022 tour. Young woman with tour sign at the BMI booth.

2023/10/27

Expo highlight BMI: Digitalization of administration

The pop-up citizens' office will be at SCCON again this year. ID cards or passports can be applied for here without an appointment - even if you don't live in Berlin.

Hands on a smartphone, above the graphic of a robot

2023/10/26

Expo highlight BMI: BeKI

The German Federal Ministry of the Interior and Homeland is establishing an Artificial Intelligence Advisory Center.

View over Kiev

2023/10/25

Ukraine is partner country of SCCON 2023

The partner country of the Smart Country Convention 2023 has been announced - Ukraine will be part of SCCON from November 7 to 9 and will talk about digital governance in its own country.

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Graphic of a city surrounded by a security network.

2023/10/25

Expo highlight Deutsche Telekom: The impact of the new NIS-2 directive on KRITIS

In a digitized world where cyber attacks are on the agenda, cybersecurity is no longer just an IT matter, but a social necessity.

People at the train station, in the background a large-scale advertisement for DiFü

2023/10/24

Expo highlight BMI: DsiN Digitalführerschein („Digital Competencies Certificate“)

Discover the DsiN „Digitalführerschein“ (engl. „Digital Competencies Certificate“) at the booth of the Federal Ministry of the Interior and Home Affairs (BMI).

Desktop graphic of openDesk

2023/10/20

Expo highlight openDesk: The Sovereign Workplace for Public Administration

Under the name openDesk - The Sovereign Workplace, a secure and privacy-compliant alternative to proprietary manufacturers is being developed on behalf of the BMI, represented by ZenDiS.

Two men stand on stage and present the checks with the 5,000 euros in prize money in their hands.

2023/10/19

Smart Country Startup Award 2023 - the finalists

Innovative ideas for the cities and administrations of tomorrow - the six finalists of the Smart Country Startup Award have been determined and will pitch at the Smart Country Convention on November 8

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In the background is a body of water, in the foreground a graphic illustrating the different areas of the Smart City.

2023/10/19

Süderbrarup is Becoming Smart

Süderbrarup, in the far north of Germany, is a pioneer when it comes to smart cities. In 2019, it became the first municipality in Schleswig-Holstein to be accepted into the "Smart Cities Model Projec

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Keyvisual KPMG, with the statement 'Advancing digitization in public administration”

2023/10/19

KPMG: Together the future is attainable

With more than 500 employees, we develop solutions tailored to the complex needs of the public sector.

Portrait of Dr. Alexander Gelsin, Managing Partner of bee smart city

2023/10/18

Expo highlight: bee smart city presents software for cities and municipalities

Digitalized administration and connected cities: bee smart city is back at the Smart Country Convention this year, presenting its new product - the Smart City Toolbox - in Hall 25, Booth 328.

A digital specialist at work on the computer

2023/10/18

Expo highlight ]init[: Making more out of data with Data Driven Government

With a potential analysis and a hands-on showcase ]init[ makes the potential of data analytics for administrations tangible at SCCON23.

The three keywords 'together', 'with each other' and 'for each other' of the Smart Green City Haßfurt.

2023/10/16

Haßfurt on the way to becoming a Smart City

“Together - with each other. For each other.” Under these three terms stands the strategy of the Smart Green City Haßfurt.

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The graphic shows a map of Germany with the top 20 of the Smart City Index 2023.

2023/10/13

Munich leads Smart City Index 2023

For four years, Hamburg was in the lead of the digital ranking of major German cities. Now Munich has displaced the Hanseatic city in second place. Cologne lands in third place.

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Graphical representation of the benefits of the Google Cloud

2023/10/13

Expo-Highlight: Google Cloud at the Smart Country Convention 2023

Satisfied citizens and relieved administration: How generative AI from Google Cloud can support public administration.

Graphic of a street intersection from a bird's eye view

2023/10/10

Expo-Highlight Lübeck: Sensors for "Kreuzung frei" - Intelligent Traffic Control

Lack of parking space is part of everyday life in Lübeck's residential areas. In the "Kreuzung frei" pilot project, 18 sensors were therefore applied to the roadway at two critical street corners.

Drawn representation of the Mayen-Koblenz district.

2023/10/09

Mayen-Koblenz County progressing towards becoming a Smart Region

Demographic change, shortage of skilled workers, climate change and digitalization backlog - the Mayen-Koblenz district is becoming smart and takes on the challenges of the present and the future.

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The winners of the Smart City Index 2022 at the award ceremony at SCCON 2022.

2023/10/06

Smart City Index 2023: Top 10 has been determined

New cities in the Smart City Index 2023 - Karlsruhe, Osnabrück and Ulm have moved into the top 10. The full digital ranking of major German cities will be published on October 12.

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Workshop, speaker is in the background with a presentation on the wall, the audience is in the foreground.

2023/10/05

Continuing education as a mean of retaining skilled workers

What influence do continuing education courses have on the satisfaction and retention of skilled workers? This is what the Bitkom Academy has investigated in the new 2023 continuing education study.

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Schematic representation of an innovative scanning solution for the digitisation of daily mail and file inventories

2023/10/03

Expo-Highlight X-NRW: Digitalisation of daily mail and file inventories

An important factor for the successful digitalisation of daily mail and file inventories in public administration is the choice of the right scanning solution.

Woman at a laptop talking to other people

2023/10/02

Expo-Highlight alfaview: How to communicate citizen-centred & barrier-free

Digital communication platforms such as alfaview offer opportunities for flexibility and digitalisation - both for citizens and for public administration institutions.

People in conversation, mayor stands in the middle and talks to interested citizen

2023/10/02

Herne is on the way to becoming a Smart City

In the past, the city was one of the strongholds of the coal industry in North Rhine-Westphalia. Today, Herne is well on its way to becoming a Smart City.

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WLAN 

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Plaza Stage of the Smart Country Convention, audience from behind in the foreground, moderator on stage in the background

2023/09/29

Congress program of #SCCON23 finalised

The Smart Country Convention 2023 is just around the corner and promises a comprehensive insight into the digital transformation of the public sector.

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2023/09/28

With AI to comprehensible government texts

Person separation system, multi-piece or traffic light system - words appear in officialese that are hardly used in normal language. The start-up SUMM AI simplifies official texts with the help of art

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Innovation Technologies 

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Two women in the foreground, Federal Minister of the Interior Nancy Faeser on the BMI stand on the right, the backdrop of a town

2023/09/25

Patron Nancy Faeser opens #SCCON23

Advancing the digitisation of public administration together - that is the unifying goal of the Federal Ministry of the Interior and Community (BMI) and the Smart Country Convention (SCCON). The BMI h

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A bird's eye view of the Hanseatic City of Lübeck with graphic data networks in the sky

2023/09/21

Lübeck on the way to becoming a Smart City

With tradition behind, looking ahead to the digital future - the Hanseatic City of Lübeck thinks of the Smart City integrated and involves the entire city population in the project.

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Young man in the foreground holding a large cheque with the prize money for the Smart Country Startup Award.

2023/09/18

Smart Country Startup Award winner "Votebase" in interview

In times of fake news and alleged or actual election fraud, secure elections are more important than ever. This is guaranteed by the startup VoteBase, a winner of the Smart Country Startup Award 2022.

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The town hall of Diepholz at sunset.

2023/09/14

Howto: Recruiting via social media

The city of Diepholz relies on social media recruiting to attract skilled workers. We spoke with Mayor Florian Marré about his experiences with digital recruiting.

City panorama of Heidelberg, the river Neckar in the foreground, Mount Königsstuhl in the background

2023/09/11

Heidelberg on its way to becoming a Smart City

Heidelberg is young, family-oriented, international and on its way to becoming a smart city for its citizens. To this end, the city has launched several concrete projects.

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Federal Minister for Building Klara Geywitz on stage at the Smart Country Convention, audience in the foreground

2023/09/08

Strong speakers for the digitalisation of the public sector

Berlin will be a hotspot for innovation from 7 to 9 November 2023. The #SCCON23 shows how digitalisation will transform the public sector.

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Four people from the back of the booth of the Federal Ministry of the Interior and Homeland.

2023/09/06

Smart people for tomorrow's cities and administration

Skilled workers urgently needed - #SCCON23 brings young professionals and skilled workers together with companies from the digital economy and administration at the Career Day.

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E-car with sensor for measuring air quality on the roof and measurement technology in the car.

2023/08/18

Google Air View measures air quality in Hamburg

Gray boxes on the side of the road checking air quality - that's how it's done in most cities. In Hamburg, a Google e-car was on the road for the first time to monitor air quality.

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On stage, two men proudly present the large checks with the 5,000 euros in prize money in their hands.

2023/08/15

Start of applications for the Smart Country Startup Award

The application phase for the coveted Smart Country Startup Award has opened. The award honors startups whose digital innovations sustainably improve life in cities and communities.

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Smart Country Startup Award 

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Startup Award 

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Tinder against the shortage of skilled workers

2023/08/04

Tinder against the shortage of skilled workers

The city of Heidenheim an der Brenz is looking for skilled workers via Tinder. Mayor Michael Salomo tells why he went this unusual route.

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Studying the administrative management of tomorrow

2023/07/31

Studying the administrative management of tomorrow

Numerous colleges and universities offer the bachelor's or master's degree program " Digital Administrative Management " - what's behind it and can it decisively advance administration?

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Digital Administration 

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Three women in front of a flipchart with the question 'What should inclusive participation look like?' written on it.

2023/07/24

Rostock on the way to becoming a Smart City

Smile City instead of Smart City - Rostock is becoming even more livable and lovable thanks to smart solutions and is approaching the necessary digitization with a smile.

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'Call for Speaker' selection is set

2023/07/18

"Call for Speaker" selection is set

The city hall for your pocket in Tangerhütte, AI in the city administration of tomorrow or MeinELSTER 2.0: The selection of the "Call for Speaker" of SCCON 2023 is fixed.

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Online Access Act 

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South Westphalia

2023/07/12

South Westphalia on the way to becoming a Smart Region

"Smart" is not necessarily synonymous with "digital," and a smart region needs networking. The Smart Region Südwestfalen shows that a serious, collaborative approach really works.

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Moderator stands on stage in front of audience at Smart Country Convention

2023/07/11

Digital ministers' meeting D16 to take place at SCCON.

Berlin and Brandenburg have taken over the chairmanship of the Digital Ministers Meeting D16. The goal is to advance digital policy in the federal states. Part of the meeting will take place at SCCON.

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Man on stage at SCCON, audience in foreground

2023/06/20

Strong presence of the German government at SCCON 2023

The Smart Country Convention 2023 in Berlin promises to be another important event for the digitization of government and administration.

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Marie Drabant and Carmen Raal

2023/06/20

A pioneer in digital administration - what Germany can learn from Estonia

Carmen Raal is a digital transformation consultant at the Estonia Briefing Centre. Marie Drabant, part of the SCCON communications team, met her in Tallinn.

Smart City Index 2022: Hamburg remains top performer

2023/06/06

Smart City Index 2022: Hamburg remains top performer

The Smart Country Convention 2023 in Berlin promises to be another important event for the digitization of government and administration.

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Smart City Index 

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Man on the SCCON stage, audience in the foreground.

2023/05/24

Stadt.Land.Tech: SCCON under the sign of digitalization for city and countryside

The Smart Country Convention is in the starting blocks and presents itself with a new slogan: "Stadt.Land.Tech". From 07 to 09 November 2023, Berlin will become the hub for the public sector.

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Smart City Bochum

2023/05/17

Guest article: Bochum on its way to becoming a smart city

What do you associate with Bochum? University town in the Ruhr area, the musical STARLIGHT EXPRESS or the soccer club VfL Bochum 1848? Bochum is also making a name for itself in digital development.

Tiny Town Hall in Kiel

2023/05/08

The Kiel region on the way to becoming a smart region

Livable, sustainable and intelligently networked, in short smart - that's how the KielRegion sees itself already today, but especially in the future.

Federal Minister of the Interior Nacy Faeser on stage at the opening of the Smart Country Convention. The audience is seated in

2023/04/04

SCCON 2023: Digitization becomes AMTlich!

From November 7 to 9, 2023, Berlin will be the meeting place for experts from business, science and politics - the Smart Country Convention is just around the corner.

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Jörg Scholz (Deutsche Telekom) and Guido Massfeller (Google Cloud)

2022/10/07

A sovereign cloud for the public sector

The strategic partners Google Cloud and T-Systems are supporting organisations with cloud-based solutions in order to digitalise applications and services.

Lego-City

2022/10/07

Open Source and Open Standards: How FIWARE Foundation digitalise cities in Germany

For the fifth time, FIWARE Foundation - the non-profit organization and the de-facto standard for smart cities

The sky over Herzberg (Elster). Photo: Neulandia

2022/10/06

From mobile work to mobile studies

The idea of a co-campus and the Herzberg pioneers.

ID Card

2022/10/06

Update on the online ID and digital identities

Visitors to the Digital Identities stand (303) of the Federal Ministry of the Interior and Community can apply for their personal ID from a mobile citizens’ centre.

Cocolab

2022/10/01

Digital Spaces competition in the Land of Brandenburg

New forms of working, doing business and learning

Photo: Behörden Spiegel

2022/10/01

Secure digital identities for the digital sovereignty of citizens

Be it online shopping, online banking or social media – do people have any idea how many online accounts they have?

man in front of a grey wall

2022/09/30

Digital and sustainable cities – support for smart cities in the Coalition Agreement

“Germany needs nothing less than a new digital beginning.“ It literally says that in the Coalition Agreement signed by SPD, Grüne and FDP.

Partner Highlights: A smart Hesse as an example for a smart Germany

2022/09/26

Partner Highlights: A smart Hesse as an example for a smart Germany

"Together for a smart Hesse" is the motto under which four different players have come together to work on a sustainable Hesse.

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Paderborn – on the way to becoming a smart city

2022/09/23

Paderborn – on the way to becoming a smart city

German computer pioneer Heinz Nixdorf founded his first computer company in 1952. Paderborn has retained his pioneering spirit and is now well on its way to becoming a smart city.

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Partner Highlights: Slovenia - From Smart Digital Societies to Green Economy

2022/09/22

Partner Highlights: Slovenia - From Smart Digital Societies to Green Economy

Slovenia is actively contributing to key EU initiatives in the fields of smart cities, data, AI and interoperability with the goal to become a frontrunner digital nation.

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Guest article: From Wadgassen to SMARTgassen

2022/09/21

Guest article: From Wadgassen to SMARTgassen

Opportunities of digitalization for rural areas - a guest article by Sebastian Greiber, mayor of the municipality of Wadgassen since 2014.

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Wuppertal – on the way to becoming a smart city

2022/08/15

Wuppertal – on the way to becoming a smart city

Wuppertal is mostly known for its suspension railroad, which has been operating for over 120 years. But in recent years, the city has also been a digital model municipality for North Rhine-Westphalia

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Guest article: Braunschweig on the way to becoming a Smart City

2022/08/10

Guest article: Braunschweig on the way to becoming a Smart City

“The best thing about being a smart city is that it combines so many different topics and activity fields“, said Dr. Neven Josipovic, Chief Innovation Officer of the city of Braunschweig.

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Partner Highlights: Smart Solutions for Cities, Regions and Villages

2022/08/03

Partner Highlights: Smart Solutions for Cities, Regions and Villages

What can digital solutions do for cities? At the Smart Country Convention 2022, FIWARE will make, among other things, the potential of smart solutions within a smart world tangible.

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The Smart Country Startup Award goes into the next round

2022/08/01

The Smart Country Startup Award goes into the next round

As of now, companies can apply for the Smart Country Startup Award in the categories "Smart City" and "GovTech". The best will pitch their projects at SCCON on October 19.

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Sovereignty. Sustainability. Resilience.

2022/07/26

Sovereignty. Sustainability. Resilience.

The Smart Country Convention already promises a broad spectrum of topics. Experts will address the current issues surrounding e-government and smart cities on four stages.

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What's next for smart cities?

2022/07/19

What's next for smart cities?

Michael Pfefferle is Head of Smart City & Smart Region at Bitkom e.V. and spoke in a guest article in Behördenspiegel about the future of smart city funding from the federal government.

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Freiburg on the way to becoming a Smart City

2022/07/12

Freiburg on the way to becoming a Smart City

More efficient cities, technological progress and innovation – that is what smart cities are about. Freiburg wants to become a smart city too, and in doing so to be more digitalised and innovative.

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Kaiserslautern on the way to becoming a Smart City

2022/06/30

Kaiserslautern on the way to becoming a Smart City

Kaiserslautern combines "best of both worlds" - the city is home to traditional companies as well as creative start-ups and globally active institutes.

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Ahaus on its way to becoming a Smart City

2022/06/22

Ahaus on its way to becoming a Smart City

"The technology is only a means to an end. The added values for the citizen are in the foreground," says Dieter van Acken, one of the leading minds of Smart City Ahaus.

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Osnabrück on its way to becoming a Smart City

2022/06/13

Osnabrück – on the way to becoming a smart city

More and more cities in Germany are set to become smart cities. In Osnabrück this is for practical reasons – like many other municipalities it has to find answers to many pressing issues

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Nancy Faeser to open the Smart Country Convention 2022

2022/06/07

Nancy Faeser to open the Smart Country Convention 2022

Over the years the Federal Ministry of the Interior and the Smart Country Convention have enjoyed a close partnership which is set to continue at #SCCON22.

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With various sensors throughout the city, Mannheim collects data on air quality, noise and temperature.

2022/06/01

Mannheim – on the way to becoming a smart city

From the handcar and electric lift to Carl Benz’s invention of the automobile – all these innovations took place in Mannheim. The city has duly earned itself the title of ‘city of innovation’.

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Smart Country Convention returns

2022/04/26

Smart Country Convention returns - and the first exhibitors are already there

From October 18 to 20, everyone who wants to advance the public sector and the digital economy - from market leaders to newcomers, thought leaders and startups - will come together at Messe Berlin.

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Gera on the way to becoming a Smart City

2022/04/15

Gera on the way to becoming a Smart City

Hamburg, Cologne, Munich - classic examples of large German smart cities. But Gera in Thuringia is also on its way to becoming a technologically advanced and innovative city.

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From the Online Access Act to smart mobility – these are the topics of the Smart Country Convention 2022!

2022/04/12

From the Online Access Act to smart mobility – these are the topics of the Smart Country C

This year the Smart Country Convention will again be providing answers to the many questions that digitalisation raises for the state, local government and society.

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Smart City Hamburg

2022/03/30

Smart City Index - Hamburg remains top!

The Smart City Index 2021 is here and shows that digitization is on the rise. It is not a state of affairs but an ongoing process that is being driven forward in all major cities in Germany.

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Startup Award

2021/06/16

Smart Country Startup Award: Application period has started!

The application phase for the Smart Country Startup Award has started.

Smart City

2021/06/14

Smart cities: Lack of digitization makes cities unattractive

In the years to come the digital transformation of cities and municipalities could become an important factor for business – and pose serious problems for those lagging behind.

#SCSA20 Finalist: ShiftDigital im Interview

2020/10/22

#SCSA20 Finalist: ShiftDigital im Interview

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Bitkom-Podcast

2019/09/21

Hörtipp: Bitkom-Podcast: Urban Air Mobility

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2018/11/19

Interview mit Michael Nicolai, Vertriebsleiter IT Deutschland bei Rittal

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Epson-Studie zu Nachhaltigkeit im Öffentlichen Sektor

2018/11/19

Epson-Studie zu Nachhaltigkeit im Öffentlichen Sektor

19. November 2018

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